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Futures of CCA

New workshops, classrooms, facilities, and community spaces will connect students and disciplines in a vibrant, state-of-the-art environment for art, design, and education.


The ground-level entrance to the expanded Double Ground campus is near student housing at Founders Hall on Hooper Street.

CCA's expansion will connect residence halls and buildings on campus. Rendering courtesy of Studio Gang.

Rooted in the Bay Area, building toward the future

CCA is the action-oriented art and design school in San Francisco. We've helped shape the Bay Area cultural landscape for nearly 120 years, and our expanded campus, which will be completed this fall 2024, will add 82,305 square feet of space to teach, make, and present art. The new addition brings together more than 30 academic programs and disciplines, student housing and dining, and interdisciplinary learning on one campus in San Francisco's burgeoning art and design district. Architecture, design, art, and writing students learn together in the city's most exciting cultural neighborhood, alongside galleries, design studios, and technology companies.

Double Ground’s ample interior glazing reveals what’s happening inside the central resource hub and adjoining workshops.

The central resource hub on the lower level of the new building. Rendering courtesy of Studio Gang.

A long-term vision comes to fruition

With the addition of the new Studio Gang-designed building, our multi-year plan becomes a reality. Classrooms and studios for every program are now located together in San Francisco, offering even more cross-over opportunities for the talented artists and designers to learn from faculty—and each other. Our students now live, learn, eat, study, and relax on our residential campus, which includes two dorms, Founders Hall and Blattner Hall.

CCA’s innovative new building in San Francisco extends our main campus, featuring a dynamic, multi-layered hub of indoor-outdoor maker spaces, art studios, and social areas, connected by a terraced landscape offering stunning views and ample space for collaboration and creativity. The new building will offer:

  • Abundant shared green spaces
  • A continuous indoor-outdoor environment
  • Interactive maker yards
  • Adaptable spaces to create
  • New galleries for exhibitions
  • A new lecture hall
  • More opportunities for interdisciplinary learning
Digital rendering with a panoramic view of people in an open walkway with a lattice-adorned building in the background.

Double Ground’s top level features open courtyards and green space. Courtesy of Studio Gang and Kilograph.

Sustainability at the forefront

Designed by a team led by award-winning architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang, the open, transparent design will connect our programs in exciting new ways. Built with sustainable features and amenities, the lower level of Double Ground includes shops, studios, and labs which open into shared maker yards. The upper level features a park-like atmosphere with green space and places to gather, adjacent to CCA's main campus building.

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July 15, 2024

Aurify, designed by Jiwon Lee (BFA Industrial Design 2024) and selected for the Deans Spotlight in the 2024 Showcase, is a personal wellbeing device designed to replicate the comforting ambiance of familiar environments. With its sleek design and innovative technology, Aurify offers a portable sanctuary wherever you go, helping you feel at ease and balanced amidst life’s transitions and challenges. 👂✨

Aurify not only enhances your environment but also serves as a stylish accent piece in your home or workspace. Aurify’s minimal form is inspired by the smooth, organic shapes found in nature. Compact in size, the device is easy to hold and transport. Each module seamlessly stacks atop the other, creating a sculptural composition that blends effortlessly into any space.

Go to cca.edu/showcase to see more work by our 2024 graduates.

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July 11, 2024

The annual CCA Comics Festival at @silversprocket is always an amazing kick off to our MFA in Comics summer residency. Thanks to everyone who came to support our artists and celebrate the future of comics. 💛

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July 8, 2024

This is 'vessel' by Tian bu (BFA Jewelry & Metal Arts 2024) 🫀 selected as the Deans Spotlight in the 2024 Showcase. ⁠

"The deliberate choice to incorporate traditional womanly techniques, such as crochet and beading, pays homage to the enduring legacy of femininity, a heritage passed down through generations. These methods, steeped in history and craftsmanship, symbolize the strength and resilience of the women who paved the way for me." ⁠

Look closely and you'll see a blue hand-sewn heart embedded inside the sculpture. It symbolizes the anticipation of a baby boy in Chinese culture and also mirrors the social pressures that women face. ⁠

The artist hopes viewers reach a state of acceptance of their bodies, find their own definition of beauty, and freedom from the constraints of societal expectations and one-dimensional stereotypes.⁠

Go to cca.edu/showcase ⁠

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July 5, 2024

From the Design District to the European design capitals ✈️ 🧳 In the study abroad course 'Modernism / Postmodernism in European Design,' led by Mara Holt Skov, students explored three historic sites for design in Europe: Dessau for the Bauhaus and German modernism, Amsterdam for the Dutch de Stijl movement and 1990s postmodern design, and Milan for the post WWII design boom and 1980s Memphis postmodernism. ⁠

On this trip, students studied the movements, methods, technologies, and materials within their geographic, historic, and cultural settings. They visited museum collections, manufacturers, design studios, and relevant cultural sites. Swipe to see some memorable moments from the trip.

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